TO CELEBRATE its 20th anniversary, the 50,000-capacity EXIT festival has invited back the artistes who delivered the most memorable performances at the event over the two decades.
The annual festival, which takes place in the grounds of the 17th century Petrovaradin Fortress in Novi Sad between 9 and 12 July, was founded in 2000 as a student movement pressing for democracy as the controversial rule of president Slobodan Milošević came to an end with his arrest in 2001.
“Fighting for social causes is one of the reasons EXIT has lasted 20 years,” says main stage booker Maja Starcevic.
“As a major festival with tickets as cheap as €50 [$54], we would never be able to book big artistes without enticing them with the social justice angle.”
Among 1,000 artistes performing across the event’s 40 stages and festival zones are Fatboy Slim, Tyga and James Arthur.
“We’re also welcoming back Kosheen, who was one of the first international acts that came to Serbia after the ‘90s [Bosnian war] and played the first EXIT. And we’re so excited to have David Guetta play again. Since his first appearance here in 2005, he’s played several times and delivered some of the most memorable performances.”
The festival recently launched a new environmental project called Life Stream, which offers a worldwide audience a DJ duo ARTBAT stream combined with climate change information.